Ceres 4, Gurren Lagann 4, Air Gear 26 (Level Comics manga out now)

Street date: 15 February 2012

Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale vol 4 (Level Comics)

Ayashi no Ceres © Watase Yuu/Shogakukan [First serialized in Sho-Comi]. Published in Indonesia as Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale by Level Comics

To stop Mikage in his tracks, preferably dead, Aya summons Ceres out of her own volition. But Ceres isn't the only tennyo to show up; another heavenly maiden manifests herself. Who is she?

Because Level wants you curious about the late-breaking tennyo, I won't mention Ceres volume 4's sub-title. Which is a dead giveaway. :D

Meanwhile in the first runner-up DO WANT! —

Gurren Lagann vol 4 of 8+
By Mori Kotaro, GAINAX, Nakashima Kazuki

Simon struggles to replace Kamina, but Big Brother's absence has left a void seemingly impossible to fill. The Spiral King's repeated attacks only invite dissension in the Dai-gurren ranks. What's worse, Gurren Lagann breaks apart while in combat, sending Simon plummeting into a ravine with Lagann!

As if that disaster weren't enough, an unexpected encounter forces Simon into a life-altering decision (addition from Glenat's Gurren Lagann, Tome 4 synops). What does Simon decide? (pushes Gurren Lagann volume 4 at you).

Level Comics manga (2012.02.15)

  1. Air Gear vol 26 of 34+ by Oh!great
  2. LC: Air Gear 26

    AirGearエア・ギア」 by Oh!great
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 26 (Tricks 238–247) first published in Japan 2009.09

    Winner, 2006 Kodansha Manga Awards in the Shounen category

    Other languages/serializations
    English Air Gear (Del Rey: until Volume 15/16/17 per 2010.08; Kodansha Comics: from volume 18; 21 volumes as of 2011.12 • volume 22 street date: 2012.02.28), Korean (Haksan), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 飛輪少年 #33 per 2011.11), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: volume 28 per 2010.08), French (Pika Édition: Tome 31 shipped 2012.01.04 • Tome 32 street date: 2012.03.01), Italy (Planet Manga), Germany (Heyne) and Sweden (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB/serialized in Manga Mania)

    A 25-episode anime by Toei Animation, starring Kamakari Kenta as Ikki; a series of Satelight-animated OADs shipped with the manga tankoubon (The first Air Gear: Kuro no Hane to Nemuri no Mori -Break on the Sky- OAD streeted with volume 30 in November 2010 with seiyuu Okamoto Nobuhiko as Ikki; the second OAD was bundled with volume 31 (2011.03.17), with a third released 2011.06.17); and a series of musicals

  3. Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale (Ayashi no Ceres) vol 4 of 14 by Watase Yuu
  4. LC: Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale 4

    Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi
    妖しのセレス 天空お伽草子」 by Watase Yuu
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 1997.09

    Winner, 43rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shoujo category

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in seven Shogakukan Bunko from 2005.11 to 2006.02
    English Ceres: Celestial Legend (VIZ Media: (14 volumes per 2006.02), French (Editions Tonkam: Ayashi no Ceres: Un conte de fée céleste: 14 volumes per 2002.01), German (EMA), Spanish (Glènat España: Ceres: La Leyenda Celestial), Italian (Play Press: La fiaba del cielo), Vietnamese Truyền Thuyết Thiên Nữ

    Studio Pierrot's 24-episode anime adaptation aired in Japan on WOWOW from April to September 2000, with seiyuu Kakazu Yumi as Aya Mikage, Iwao Junko as Ceres, Konishi Katsuyuki as Tooya, Itou Kentarou as Yuuhi, Chiba Susumu as Aki, Miki Shinichiro as Mikagi and Sugita Tomokazu as Mikage Kagami.

    Light novels written by Nishizaki Megumi and illustrated by Watase Yuu: Ayashi no Ceres Episode of Tooya (one volume Palette bunko: 2000.06); Episode of Shuro (Palette bunko: 2000.09); Episode of Aki (Palette bunko: 2001.01); and Episode of Miku (Palette bunko, three volumes from 2001.06 to 2001.08)

    Sequel: Ayashi no Ceres Gaiden (side story included as furoku for Sho-Comi #18; also compiled in Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden vol 6)
    Watase Yuu Postcard Book Fushigi Yuugi Ayashi no Ceres Imadoki! (Japan release: 2001.01)

  5. Go-On! vol 4 of 4 by Akishige Manabu [Finale]
  6. LC: Go-On! 4

    by Akishige Manabu
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 4 (chapters 28–30) first published in Japan 2009.03

  7. Gurren Lagann (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) vol 4 of 8+ by Mori Kotaro
  8. LC: Gurren Lagann 4

    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    by Mori Kotaro, GAINAX, Nakashima Kazuki
    MediaWorks Dengeki Comic Gao! and Dengeki Daioh (starting 2008.04.21), shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2009.06

    Related series
    Based on the GAINAX anime that aired between April to September 2007 in Japan, starring seiyuu Kakihara Tetsuya (Simon), Konishi Katsuyuki (Kamina), Inoue Marina (Yoko), Fukui Yukari (Nia Teppelin) and Hiyama Nobuyuki (Viral).

    Alternate stories: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren Gakuenhen (one volume; 2009.03), Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Yoko no Obeso-hen (one volume, 4-koma; 2008) and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Rasen Shounentan (one volume; 2010.02).

    Other languages
    English Gurren Lagann (Bandai Entertainment: six volumes per 2011.08), French (Glénat: Tome 6 shipped 2011.10 • Tome 7 street date: 2012.06.06)

  9. Hotaru's Light (Hotaru no Hikari) vol 15 of 15 by Hiura Satoru [Finale]
  10. LC: Hotaru's Light 15

    Hotaru no Hikariホタルノヒカリ
    by Hiura Satoru
    Kodansha Kiss, josei
    Volume 15 first published in Japan in 2009.10

    The 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix award-winning Glow of Fireflies live-action adaptation aired between July and September 2007 on NTV. The 10-episode drama starred Ayase Haruka ((Amemiya Hotaru) and Fujiki Naohito (Takano Seiichi). The pair reprised their roles in the 11-episode second season that aired between July and September 2010 on the same network.

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European comics/BDs (2012.02.15)

  1. Lanfeust of Troy: Getaran Peramal (Lanfeust de Troy, Tome 5: Le frisson de l'haruspice) by Christophe Arleston & Didier Tarquin (Soleil)
  2. Smurf: Kekacauan di Desa Smurf (Les Schtroumpfs, Tome 21: On ne schtroumpfe pas le progrès) by Peyo (Le Lombard)
  3. Smurf: Smurf Bendahara (Le Schtroumpf Financier, Tome 16) by Peyo (Le Lombard)
  4. Smurf: Smurf dan Krawakakrwa (Les Schtroumpfs et Le Cracoucass, Tome 5) by Peyo (Dupuis)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 15 February 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga are priced at IDR 18,500 each, all ROMICS at IDR 30,000/volume except Lanfeust of Troy: Getaran Peramal and Smurf: Smurf dan Krawakakrwa (IDR 38,000/volume).
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Previews continued

Air Gear vol 26 of 34+
By Oh!great

Yoshitsune's death stuns Ikki and the Kogarasumaru members even as parts for the Storm Regalia vanish from the market. Struck with the twofold setback, does Kogarasumaru stand a chance in the third round?

Air Gear volume 26 compiles Tricks 238–247. The latest chapter collected in tankoubon in Japan is Trick 327 (volume 34). Air Gear volume 35 streets in Japan on the 16th of March 2012.

Go-On! vol 4 of 4
By Akishige Manabu

Katase, Yomogida and Shinohara take on Koshien for a shot at performing their version of the school song. Do they succeed?

Meanwhile, Katase also intends to declare his love for Nagano. Follow the end of their story in Go-On! 4, which compiles chapters 28 to 30: Kidzuita?, Dakishimete~e! and Nante utaou to shita no? [obviously NOT Level's chapter titles].

Hotaru's Light vol 15 of 15
By Hiura Satoru

Five years have passed since Hotaru's sudden move to Osaka. How are Seiichi, Makoto, Bangsawan, Yuka and Yamada doing? And what about the love story of Hotaru and Seiichi?

So a dried fish's plunge into open sea finally ends in... (See the final Hotaru's Light for the answer.)

Still not enuf? Here are the other 15 February 2012 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Naruto 54 · Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 18 · Yozakura Quartet 3 · Yozakura Quartet 3 · Magical Iroha 1 by Inoue Kazurou · Absolute Peace Strategy 4 of 4 · Arakure - The Wild Ones 3 · Mokke 7 · Slam Dunk Deluxe 4 · Summer Storm! 7 · More a Flower than a Flower 3 · The Tyr Chronicles 11 of 11 · Aoba Bicycle Shop 2 · Doraemon 14 · Godhand Teru 35 · Metal Fight Beyblade 6

m&c!: Gamaran 3 · My Lovely Class Leader 8 · Full House: Love Continues 4 · Meet the Banchou 10 · Cherry: Love Special Edition

Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography

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